February 2007


You have enjoyed yoga moms classes, but now your baby is beginning to crawl so you are about to graduate. What to do next? We recommend visiting 0123 in kichijoji. A wonderful place to meet other moms, watch your baby play and get in some quality time with your baby. An oasis in the city for moms with babies! For more info please see
http://www1.parkcity.ne.jp/m0123hap/kichijyoji/index.html

 

ヨガママのクラスを受けてくださってありがとうございます。赤ちゃんがはいはいし始めたりすると、ヨガママクラスを卒業します。その後、お子さんと一緒にどうしたらいいでしょうか?吉祥寺に0123というセンターがお勧です。そこで他のママ達と出会ったり、赤ちゃんと一緒に充実した時間が過ごせます。0123のホームページも御覧下さい:

http://www1.parkcity.ne.jp/m0123hap/kichijyoji/index.html

 

Imagine a world where you cannot travel at night even
if you are a woman in labour because it might be
thought that you are carrying a bomb. Where you can’t
walk the streets alone and your children can’t go to
school without adults because of threats of
kidnapping. Where you are scared to have a child
because so many people seem to be having children with
deformities.

This is the world that was described by two women
Iraqi doctors, here in Japan on a six month
internship. In their talk ‘ Iraq Now ‘, they described
the devastation that 25 years of war had brought to
their country. In their lifetimes, Iraq has gone from
being one of the most advanced and envied countries in
the region to being the country with one of the
highest child mortality rates. For both these women,
as pediatric doctors come the plead that not just the
war in their country but that wars in all countries
should be stopped, because it is children who suffer
most.

As well as seeing suffering from malnutrition, lack of
basic medicine and water contamination, these doctors
are seeing new problems in the women and children they
are treating. During the war, depleted uranium bombs
were dropped on Iraq. The women are just now seeing
the effect of this in their patients in the forms of
cancers and children born with deformities. Unless
action is taken to clean it up, the uranium will stay
active for generations.

The women were unequivocal about what the most
pressing need was for; security to be restored. Iraq
has become the battleground for all anti-American
forces to come and to fight against America. And so
ordinary Iraqis suffer bombing, occupation,
malnutrition, terrorization.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more or in
doing something to help, please contact the following
groups.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more or in
doing something to help, please contact the following
groups.

Iraq Hope Network
http://www.iraq-hope.net

Japan-Iraq medical network.
http://www.jim-net.net/
They provide medicine- for example, for children with
leukemia. They will be selling White Day products,
please see their website.

Campaign to abolish depleted uranium ( CADU )
http://www.cadu-jp.org
Working on international laws against the use of
depleted uranium

Peace On
http://npopeaceon.org
Exchanges between Japan, Iraq and the Arab world (
including Palestine ). Focus on art and culture. They
bring over Iraqi artists. They also sell crafts.

Also a benefit gig will be held in Kunitachi on March
3rd to raise money for children suffering from war.
Please see this website below.

http://studiorin.studio-web.net/

Letting go is an important, but often difficult thing to do.  But when things build up too much we need to take a deep breath and just let everything go with a long deep exhalation. The only truly important thing is acknowledging that you are doing your best in this moment, caring for your baby, and being the loving mother you are now. Tuning into my breath became an important way to “let go”. How do you let go? When do you feel is the most difficult time to let go?

物事を流れに任せることは、とても大切なことである一方、実践するのはなかなか難しいものです。でもいろんなことが溜まっていっぱいいっぱいになった時こそ、まずふかーく息を吸い込んで、そしてながーく息を吐きながら、あらゆることを流れに任せることが必要なのです。本当に大事なことはただひとつ、あなたが自分の子供をいつくしみながら、愛情深い母親として、今できる限りのことをしているのだと自分を認めることなのです。私にとっては、自分の呼吸とつながることが、物事を「流れに任せる」上で大切な方法になっています。あなたはどうやっていますか?また、流れに任せるのは難しいと一番感じるのはどんな時ですか?

Savasana is the hardest pose to do correctly. It is usually the pose everyone loves most and remembers how to say in sanskrit first. We are curious. What is it you love most about savasana? What is it you find most difficult when doing savasana?

(和訳)  シャバアサナ(屍のポーズ)は、正しく行うのに一番難しいポーズです。しかし、このポーズは多くの人に愛されています。なかなか覚えられないサンスクリット語のポーズ名はたくさんありますが、「シャバアサナ」が大抵最初に覚えられますね。興味深いポーズです。皆さんは、シャバアサナのどこか好きですか?シャバアサナの一番難しいと感じることはなんですか?是非ご意見、体験などを教えてください!

Tree of Yoga- BKS Iyengar-
(Inspirational and insightful)

Dancing the Body of Light- Dona Holleman
(Informative, inspirational, and an integral reference for years to come.)

Light On Yoga- B.K.S. Iyengar ハタヨガの真髄 — B.K.S. アイアンガー
(A classic reference text never out of style)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- translated and introduced by Alistair Shearer
(Small, informative and easy to slip into purse or bag to bring along and read anywhere)

Do you have any reccommendations you would like to share? Why do you recommend the book? Japanese text recommendations especially welcome.

Nadis are energy channels in the subtle body. There are 72,000 nadis according to some ancient texts. The 3 which are of particular interest to the yogi is the shushunma, the ida and the pingala. The shushunma is the largest nadi and begins at the base of the spine near the muldhara chakra and runs along the spinal column to the crown of the head. The ida is the left nadi which orginates on the left side of the ajna chakra through the left nosstril and weaves back and forth through the chakras to end at the left side of the muladhara chakra. The pingala is the right nadi and begins at the right of the ajna chakra comes down through the right nostril and weaves back and forth through the chakras ending at the right side of the muladhara chakara. The ida is cooling, feminine, lunar, while the pingala is heating, masculine, solar. The ida and pingala alternate to open and close every hour. When we do pranayama and asana we are opening and stimulating these energy channels. Following asana and pranayama, relaxing the body to enable the prana to flow uninhibited through the nadis is an important aspect of sivasana.

和訳:
サトルボデイ(微細体)におけるナディについて。

古代の教本によると72000のナディがあると云われています。ヨギにとってとりわけ関心のあるのは、スシュムナ、イダ、ピンガラ、の3つです。スシュムナとは、いちばん大きなナディで、ムーラダーラチャクラのそばの脊柱下部から始まり、脊柱を通って頭頂へ到ります。イダは月のエネルギーと云われ、アーンニャチャクラの左側を源にそこから左の小鼻の鼻腔(びこう)を通過して体の中のいくつものチャクラを前後へ織りなすように通って最後に左側のムーラダーラチャクラへ到ります。ピンガラは右側に位置して、アーンニャチャクラの右側から始まり、右鼻腔を通って下りて来たエネルギーはいくつものチャクラを前後に織るように通り右側のムーラダーラチャクラへ到っています。イダは涼しく、女性的で、月のエネルギーと云われ、一方ピンガラは熱く、男性的で、太陽のエネルギーと云われます。イダとピンガラは1時間毎にに交互に開閉しています。プラナヤマ(呼吸の練習)を行うと、エネルギーの流れるこれらのチャンネルに刺激が送られプラーナのエネルギーが増大してきます。シャバアサナにおいて大切な面は、からだを十分にリラックスさせ、アサナの練習で開いたナディをプラーナのエネルギーが、静かに流れることができるという事です。